Installing wireless service in the New York City subway system brought challenges such as securing the proper equipment and preventing interruptions in train service, Danny Crichton writes. The project cost more than $300 million and took about 12 years to complete.
Denver officials have said they should be allowed to discontinue the use of human flaggers at road crossings along a commuter train line. The flaggers are costly, and experts argued at a recent hearing that they do little to improve safety.
Russia-based Yandex has unveiled an autonomous-car pilot in Moscow. The Russian capital provided a good test course for the pilot car because of its high-volume traffic, dense pedestrian population and snowy road conditions, Yandex says.
Star Systems International, based in Hong Kong, has introduced a multiprotocol radio frequency identification toll reader. The equipment is "a significant step forward, with innovative features to improve performance in the demanding roadside environment," says Chief Technology Officer Stephen Lockhart.
Alphabet's Waymo has received permission from Arizona officials to begin offering an autonomous-vehicle ride-hailing service, much like Uber. Waymo has been testing the service in the Phoenix area since April.
The gas tax has not been raised in about 25 years, and Congress has had to use $143 billion in general revenue since 2008 to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent. President Donald Trump has reportedly indicated he is willing raise the gas tax by 25 cents, but the idea faces political hurdles.
Legislation filed in Indiana would establish safety standards for self-driving vehicles until federal safety rules are adopted. The bill would set insurance and registration requirements and hold manufacturers liable if an autonomous vehicle ran multiple red lights.
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